Elementary Book of the Month:
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs
By: Eric Litwin (author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes)
Art By: Tom Lichtenheld
Groovy Joe was living the dream. He had a spoon and tub of doggy ice cream. And he started to sing: Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream! In his debut adventure, Groovy Joe faces three roaring dinosaurs hungry for his doggy ice cream! Oh no! But Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he has them all sharing while moving and singing along. Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations come together to create an unforgettable new character who embodies positivity, creativity, and kindness. Groovy Joe is here, ready to get groovy!
Secondary Book of the Month:
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
In Thomas's debut novel we meet Starr, a sixteen-year old basketball player living in a rough part of town, but attending a wealthy private school forty-five minutes away. She's caught between two worlds, a fact that becomes heightened when she witnesses a close friend shot by a police officer one night on their way home. Now Starr has to decide which version of herself she wants to be while also coming to terms with the incident that changes her life. She's the only one who knows what really happened in that car on the day Khalil died. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
*While this book is listed as Young Adult, I would recommend it for Teen: 8th grade and up due to language and mature situations.